B.F.A. in Dance and minor in Psychology, Florida International University
Diploma, Ballet Etudes of South Florida, 1995
Catherine Horta-Hayden is an Associate Professor of Dance in Towson University’s Department of Dance. Mrs. Horta-Hayden received her Master of Fine Arts from Florida State University. She came to Towson University in 2000 as an Assistant Professor teaching all levels of the Ballet technique, pointe, variations, Ballet Repertory, and Modern technique. She was awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in 2006. Mrs. Horta-Hayden also served as the Artistic Director of the Towson University Dance Company from 2000-2007, coordinating residencies by renowned International Artists.
Mrs. Horta-Hayden served as Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs at Towson University from 2007-2010. In this capacity, Mrs. Horta-Hayden was responsible for the administration of internal and external academic proposals for the institution, represented the Division of Academic Affairs in institutional initiatives and oversaw all aspects of Towson University off campus programs and articulation agreements with Community Colleges, including programs at four satellite locations. She lead the partnership to create the first Towson University Satellite Campus, which would provide students in Harford and Cecil Counties, as well as military and their families affected by the Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC), the opportunity to obtain four-year college degrees from Towson University in Harford County. In addition, she lead the efforts to create and implement a University wide General Education Assessment plan and served as the Academic Affairs liaison to Student Affairs, strengthening the partnership between both Divisions. She was responsible for the coordination of the University’s eight yearly Commencement ceremonies and together with the Associate Provost; she assisted in the supervision of the Academic Advising and the Academic Achievement Departments. Through her outreach efforts and commitment to the Hispanic Community she was instrumental in creating and strengthening partnerships with the Hispanic College Fund and the U.S Hispanic Youth Entrepreneur Education (USHYEE). Mrs. Horta-Hayden played a significant role in bringing the 2008 Maryland’s Hispanic Youth Symposium to Towson University and is committed to creating opportunities for Hispanic youth in higher education and serving as an advocate for the Hispanic community.
Horta-Hayden is on the Board for the International Council of Researchers in Pedagogical Studies (CORPS) de Ballet in Higher Education. This is the only professional organization of its kind, dedicated to the development, exploration, and advancement of ballet in higher education. Statewide, Mrs. Horta-Hayden has served on the Maryland State Arts in Communities Advisory Council, Maryland State Arts Council Local Host Committee for the 2006 National Performing Arts Exchange Conference and Maryland State Arts Council Local Host Committee for the 2007 National Assembly of State Art Agencies. She has also served as a panelist on the Ohio Arts Council's Individual Excellence Awards Choreography panel. Most recently, she served as an External Reviewer for The George Washington University Department of Theater and Dance.
Mrs. Horta-Hayden has engaged in extensive performing in Florida, Maryland, Washington D.C and Boston. She was invited to research the pedagogy of the National Ballet School of Cuba and taught at the Lizt Alfonso Cuban Dance Company while in Havana. She has created and restaged numerous works and has taught Master classes throughout Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Ohio. In addition, she authored the project “Cuban Dance; Enhancing the Cultural Fabric of Baltimore”. This project brought 600 Baltimore County middle school youth and teachers to Towson University to expose them to Afro Cuban history, culture, music and dance. She received numerous grants in support of this project.
Mrs. Horta-Hayden was approved by the National Endowment for the Arts to serve as an external evaluator for Morton Street Summer Dance Program in Baltimore City and was appointed by former Baltimore County Executive, James Smith, as a Commissioner on the Baltimore County Commission for Women and served from 2006-2008. She serves on the Board of Trustees for WYPR 88.1 Maryland’s NPR news station and was invited by the University System of Maryland Chancellor William “Brit” Kirwan to serve on the Towson University Presidential Search and Screening Committee 2011. Most recently, she has been invited by the Executive Director of the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD) to become an NASD Evaluator and conduct onsite reviews of member and potential member institutions.